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Packers fans look for the bright side at the end of the season


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Many Packers fans are mourning Sunday night's loss. But some said they're finding hope by looking to the future.

Sunday's loss opened a floodgate of emotions for Packers fans everywhere. One word in particular kept coming up -- "Disappointing."

The Packers wrapped up their season on Sunday night with a loss at Lambeau Field. Many fans said it's not quite icing on top of the cake of their 15-1 regular season record.

"They had such a good year, 15-1, set all kinds of team records, did a lot of good things and then they lost the playoff game to the Giants again," said Jeff Campo, who lives in Wausau. "I don't know what it is about the Giants."

But it's not all doom and gloom on the Green Bay front. Many look to next year with hope that their Packers will go back to doing what they had been doing best -- winning football games.

"They've got great coaching, they've got great players," said Glenn Lamping, who lives in Wausau. "The players will learn from this unfortunate defeat."

Other Wisconsin teams have tried to go the distance. In an effort to get to the World Series, the Brewers fell short in their game six NLCS loss to the Cardinals.

"I think our team really did a good job," said Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. "I'm proud of the way we played. We've just got to live with it and move on."

And during their second year in a row in Pasadena, the Badgers lost a heartbreaker to the Oregon Ducks.

"We're not going to look at it like one side of the ball is to blame," said Badgers defensive lineman Ethan Hemer. "Each person in this locker room could have done more."

But in a state where fans wear their pride on their shirts and hats, some said getting there was more than half the battle.

"Minus yesterday it was a really good season," said Marcus Smith, who lives in Aniwa. "Definitely wanted to see a perfect season but 15-1 was a good season."

And some said 2012 may be an even better year for their favorite teams.

"Regardless of what's happening, if they're winning, losing, we just want to see good competitive sports at all levels," said Lamping.

Even without making a run for the title this year, the Packers have already won 13 championships. That's more than any other team in NFL history.

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